The judo team that will represent the Brazil US Tokyo Olympic Games said on Thursday she felt safe preparing for the event after seven employees of the hotel where they are staying in the city of Hamamatsu tested positive for Covid-19, without any member of the delegation being infected.
Team leader Ney Wilson stated that the team is completely isolated in the hotel, with virtually no contact with the employees, and that even the training takes place in a kind of bubble, in which the athletes have no contact with the outside world.
“Today we live in a hotel where there is only us,” Wilson said at an online press conference direct from Japan. “We can’t even touch the elevator button, there’s someone there to touch the button,” added the team leader , stating that the delegation had some irritation with the rigidity of the protocols.
“These are the Patience Games,” he said.
Wilson explained that, during training, athletes are in a kind of “cage”, separated by a glass from the outside public, which can watch the training sessions, but not have contact with the athletes.
He also stated that the team is being tested daily to detect possible cases of Covid-19 and that even the restaurant they are using is exclusive to the team.
“We have an exclusive restaurant with a cuisine well adapted to Brazil,” he stated. “No one sits facing anyone, everyone sits facing the wall,” he said, who explained that the restaurant model is self-service, the members of the delegation have the temperature measured when they enter and wear plastic gloves to stay put. serve.
He said that part of the team will arrive in Japan only this Thursday and that this second wave of athletes will remain isolated from the others – even with different hours of training and meals – for four days in compliance with protocols to prevent the spread of Covid.
About the sporting event itself, Wilson said he hopes the team will keep the Brazilian judo writing of winning medals in the Olympics.
“We have been keeping medals in all the Games. The first objective is to maintain this destiny of keeping medals in the Olympic Games,” said Wilson, noting that the Brazilian team finished the World Championship this year with third place in the team competition, which this year it will also be worth a medal at the Olympics.
“I believe in the potential that we can present and that we can contribute to the medals table of the Olympic Committee in Brazil,” he stated.
Delayed by one year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics will be held from 23 July to 8 August and public attendance will be prohibited at most competition venues.
Amid fears of the spread of Covid-19, polls have shown Japanese public opposition to the Games, although the country has not faced such severe outbreaks of the disease as those elsewhere in the world.